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Dog Schwarz - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 33
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: sideshowrob on 01-07-2009)
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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Dog Schwarz pours a black body beneath a short head of dark tan foam. The head retention is good, and it leaves some nice lacing about the glass.

The aroma is immediately smoky. Beech wood. It's not over-done, however, which is nice. And, in fact, you even get some of the caramelized sugars of the malt through it as well. Hops are suggested in that malt, but they don't really stand out on their own, and, stylistically, they shouldn't. Also, very clean. Nicely done.

The flavor follows suit, and its a very rounded and polished beer. The alcohol barely shows as well, and when it does it's in the finish where you'd expect it. It's gently smokey, and caramelish with and almost scorched sugar side, and subtle hints of cocoa or chocolate, chickory and coffee, and a mild hint of toffee. A restrained bitterness supports it, and that's all that really needed as the smokiness and dark malt acidity help to dry the finish anyway.

In the mouth it's medium bodied with a thin edge of malty dextrins, and smooth with a moderate carbonation level.

If there's anything to fault the Dog Schwarz, it's just that there's just not enough of the Dog Schwarz! The restraint of the smokiness, and the superb balance are great, but at the same time I really feel there could have been more flavor overall and still maintained the balance. Overall, it's more like a smoked schwarz than a "double" smoked schwarz. On that note I'm off, I've got to try to sell the empty bottle on eBay to recoup some of my costs!!!

NeroFiddled, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a frothy, off-white head.

Smell: Nose of roasted malts and wood smoke with notes of baker's chocolate, mild coffee, charred grains. The smoke is distinct but discreet; it's no Schlenkerla.

Taste: Roasted malts swirled with a rich, but tempered smoke character -- flavors of unsweetened chocolate, licorice root, coffee, blackened barley, and pitch glide by the tongue. Delicate touch of black currant fruitiness. Mild bitterness. The smoke is still there, still present, but it's still somewhat reserved. A more predominate roasted grain flavor develops. Finishes dry a lingering (but still subtle) smokiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation, which keeps the brew delightfully light and aids in overall drinkability.

Drinkability: A pleasant, quaffable, bumped up smoked-schwartz, but, at the prickly price of $18.25 a bottle, this'll have to be a one-time visit.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of rbennett0
4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this at the brewery in Frederick, MD on tap many, many times. This one keeps me coming back.

A - Dark, creamy. served using nitrogen/co2 mix. fascinating to watch settle, like a Guinness.

S - Sweety malty and smoky, the sweetness really comes through in the smell to me.

T - The best part...the sweetness vs. the roasted grain is what is noticeable first, almost immediately followed by the smoky, campfire flavor.

M - This one may differ than others. i had this on tap, using a nitro/co2 mix. the smaller nitrogen bubbles make the beer very creamy. It's a pretty heavy drink.

D - again it's a heavy beer but the flavors of the sweet maltiness combined with the smoky flavor make it one of my favorites from flying dog.

FYI - Flying Dog has a brewery tour every Sat. @ 1:30pm. $5 gets you a glass, tour and 6 samples. My wife misses me on Saturdays.

rbennett0, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of botham
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. pours black with garnet highlights and a single finger of rich brown head that has good retention and no lacings. reduced to a soapy rim after a couple minutes.

aroma is of earthy smoke up front with roasted malts mixed in, along with a touch of alcohol and undertones of burnt wood and sweet malts. well proportioned in the nose with a brilliant smoked character. a bit rich for a schwarz, but still smells great.

taste is of lightly roasted malts and a bit of smoke up front along with the same earthy undertones and sweet malts from the nose. this transitions smoothly into a finish of earthy smoke and a mildly drying hop character in the aftertaste.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slick and warming feel, along with a super smooth finish that coats the tounge, lasting for minutes. very well done on the palate.

drinkability is good. this is not much of a schwarzbier, but for a dark smoked beer this is very well put together and quite tasty. definitely worth the price. cheers!

botham, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of hopdog
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle. This cork was one pain in the ass to get out.

Poured dark black, with brown edges, and an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of smoke, roastiness, chocolate, caramel, and coffee. Tastes of smoke, chocolate, lighter roastiness, and coffee.

hopdog, May 30, 2009
Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Krog for sharing this. It was a deliciously balanced, strong smoke beer. Poured black with a short tan head. Sure, it tastes kind of like bacon, but like a good rauchbier, there's more to it. I'm reminded of the smell of cedar planks on the grill for a toasted wood flavor. The background malts have a touch of caramel with smooth dark chocolate. Very drinkable for a good smokey beer. Worth a try.

tempest, May 18, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle that I shared with some fellow BAs. Into a snifter.

Pours a dark brown/almost black with a 1/2 finger of creamy dark mocha colored head. Quite the robust retention on this as well, that just absolutley coats the sides of the glass with lacing. A nice spiced smoked meat character is prevelant in the aroma but isn't in any way overpowering, going the more subtle route. I'm also getting a solid backing sweetness of cocoa and caramel. Touch of light roast in the back as well.

The taste is more Schwarz and less Rauch than what was in the aroma. Roasted chocolate and carmamel, with a bit of coffee and nuttiness mixed in. Some bitterness pulls up the back. The smoked malts that are present are even more subtle than the aroma was, wafting in and out of the other flavors. It's overall pleasant but I was hoping that it would be a little more aggressive. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sharper carbonation up front but then it gets creamier towards the back of the swallow. For a 7.5% beer, this actually feels pretty easy in the mouth. Not bad.

I liked the effort here. A Schwarbier with a bit of smokey Rauch attitude seemed to be what they were shooting for here and for the most part, they succeeded. I personally would have liked to have had a bit more smoke in the taste but hey, that may just be me. On a side note, while I liked this for the most part, IMHO, this is not worth the $15-17 per bottle that most places are selling it for. They need to release this in six-packs and make it a fall release.

Kegatron, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of BeerSox
4.88/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml green corked and caged bottle into nonic.

A semi-aggressive pour yields a two and a half finger dense brown head that slowly settles to a thin even cap, leaving behind a wall of lacing. The head seems to get denser as it settles, eventually becoming the cap. Rings of lacing are created as the beer moves down the glass.

The first thing I looked for was the smoked malt aroma, which came out as spicy smoked sausage, a bit of beef jerky, and a touch of campfire smoke. The malts add a touch of roasted grain. It's hard to detect anything behind the smokey aromas.

A little more spicy smokiness in the flavor, witch characteristics of smoked ham or Jamón Ibérico ($50/lb Spanish ham - trust me on this one). The malts also add a strong burnt grain flavor. A bit of bitter cocoa is in the background. Full bodied, slightly chewy, carbonation is there but isn't too fizzy.

A good variant of the Rauchbier. Generally found in amber beers out of Bamberg, Germany, they create a mouthful of beef jerky and bacon. However, with the darker, roastier flavors of a shwarzbier, and different complexity is created. Hint of chocolate, maybe dark fruit, are just highlights of something that tastes like it was pulled out of a campfire. This was a pricey beer, but definitely worth it. Highly recommended.

BeerSox, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(I gotta roll, cant stand still,
Got a flame in my heart, cant get my fill) sorry Led Zep reference(dog schwarz) poured chilled from the 750ml into a snifter and ale glass.

A - A very shadowy brown w/ a corpulent 2 finger medium light brown cap that drops quickly leaving a subtle lace ring. The opacity is dense w/ pin sized bubbles comprising the head

S - A splendid smoky cocoa nose w/ woody vanilla and mild pepper notes. Sweet malts dominate w/ caramel fruitiness restrained in the aroma

M - A rich caramel toasted note, smoky dry accent and med full carbonation w/ mild sweetness and smoke in the finish

T - I am intriqued by the toasted woody smoky subtlety which is like an accentto the schwarzbier flavor. Both nutty w/ a hint of caramel mixed w/ light roast coffee and subtle smokiness as the malt is almost like a candy center to the rauchbier coating. It is pretty accurately described on the label which is unexpected. A very flavorful dark lager w/ added interest in taste of smoke. There is a pleasing fig-like taste w/ light toffee note of sweet cream.

D - The 7.5% dark lager/rauchbier qualities still well referenced. A very drinkable beer and one I would definietly look forward to tasting again, the combo of Schwarz/Rauch is very well matched I was wishing there was more when the bottle was finished.

Slatetank, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of scruffwhor
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light syrupy black and maple syrup colored brew. Great to finger plus brown head that quietly returns to the black. Smokey, hickory, some charcoal, heavily roasted malts, and even some pipe tobacco. Charcoal roasted malt that was first smoked over hickory, oak, and some peet. The smokey malts help accentuate the pipe tobacco flavor. While the peet rounds out the taste with an earthy finish. Very silky, but a little syrupy. Still a nice rauchbier. Good sipping.

scruffwhor, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of WilliamD
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Very dark- almost black. Looks more like a porter or even a stout. Thin fizzy head that dissolves quickly.
The first disappointment is the smell. Not nearly as pronounced as I had hoped. Only a hint of the peat, smoke, and sausage normally evident for this type of beer. Other than that, it is difficult to discern much else. A very subdued aroma with this one.
The taste was the second disappointment. As with the aroma, it is quite subdued. Some smoke and peatiness, but not nearly as much as I hoped for.
Mouthfeel is blah. Rather flat and watery. Little to no carbonation, and no spiciness.
Drinkability is not bad. It don't foresee any difficulty getting through this bottle. It just won't be nearly as enjoyable as I thought it would be.
This brewery makes very good beers, but this one was definitely a letdown. With how good its overall rating is, I wonder if I might not have gotten a bad bottle. However, given the fact that a bottle runs about $16, I don't think I'll be testing that theory.

WilliamD, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of Bung
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml. Dark chocolate pour with a beige head. Good head retention. Aroma is lots of malt and grass, some pine and chocolate. Very creamy mouthfeel, but pretty light bodied. Extreamly smooth roast malt and chocolate up front. Almost has a little milk stout characteristic to it. Enough hops to keep it honest though, but just barely. Just a hint of smokiness through the finish. Excellent drinkability. ABV non-existant. Maybe the best Schwarzbier/Rauch I've had. Exactly what I was looking for to watch my Spartans in round 2 of the NCAA.

Bung, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Impressed to see the Dog Schwarz on the local shelves. Surprisingly, the beer holds true to the delicate yet bold schwarzbier character while interjecting a pleasant layer of smoke qualities.

The beer opens with a dark brown, nearly opaque clarity, and with head formation that remained formitable for most of the duration. No real lacing, but that does not deter from the look. A basic similar to a good porter or a dry stout.

Bold and super clean aromas with big bready, toasty malts, layered with light coffee, cocoa, roasted barley, toast, and a touch of nuttiness. Then there's the smokey aroma that takes on a campfire-like aroma- quite pleasant. On par with a Kostritzer, but bolder and toastier.

Likewise, the proportions of classic Schwarz make their way into the delicately balanced beer. Again, toasty, roasty, cocoa and a bit of coffee. Don't get this confused with a porter- this is much less sweet, no real hop character, and no fruitiness or phenols. Very clean tasting in the finish. A moderate dose of smoke flavor gives a meaty, savory character to the beer without dominating like many rauchbiers might.

For such maltiness and gravity, the beer remains remarkably dry, airy, and a little chalky. The beer just lifts and then evaporates from the tongue. Creamy and rich wihtout being heavy, sweet, or cloying to the palate.

A very enjoyable and refreshing beer. Clean, simple, and characterful. At first I was apprehensive about opening the bomber because I didnt' know if the boldness and smoke flavor would wear on me quickly. But now that I am at the tail end of the bottle, I could easily open another. On a side note, it must have been hard for Flying Dog to make a sub-50IBU beer!?

BEERchitect, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of rhinos00
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Thai 9 in Dayton, OH. Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a dark, chocolate brown almost on the verge of black. Reveals a nice, tan coffee colored head.

S- Combination of roasted malts and chocolates, dominated by an aroma of wood smokiness. Also got a little bit of fruit scent in there as well.

T- Upfront the smoked flavor balances perfectly with the roasted flavors and the slight amount of chocolates. The smoked flavor was there, but it did not overwhelm the other flavors, which I truly appreciated. The beer ended perfectly with a subtle sweetness of caramel.

M- Smooth as can be with some carbonation to go around.

D- This beer was a lot more drinkable than expected. The smokiness was not overpowering in any sense. Had no problem putting this one down.

Overall, a pretty amazing smoke beer. The balance act that this beer showed between the smokey flavor and the rest of the taste was a marvel in itself. It was the perfect combination of each.

rhinos00, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of deliriumfest
3.08/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed on 1/17/09

750ml bottle

Popped this one open at the January Twin Cities BA Gathering. Poured a pitch black color with a petite brown head. The aroma was that of smoke which is not my favorite. The taste was plein de smoke along with some fruit. Although a smooth mouthfeel, this one just isn't that drinkable to me. I do not like smoky beers and this one definitely isn't worth its $17 price tag. Go ahead and try this one if its free but you're better off not wasting your money.

deliriumfest, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of cbl2
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

No best by date.

A - Pours a pitch black medium bodied, topped by three fingers of tight medium tan head that is slow to settle.

S - Split pea soup heavily laden with ham, with a shot of espresso tossed in.

T/M - Extremely smooth/creamy mouthfeel. An excellent blend of smoked ham flavor coupled with lightly sweetened coffee. This leans a little toward stout territory, and away from a Rauchbier, but regardless it is delicious!

Alcohol is masked nicely, letting the smoke, ham, sweetness and coffee intermingle and linger on the tongue. By far the best beer I've had from Flying Dog. A little overpriced, but worth the experience.

cbl2, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Party Town.

A - Poured a dark brown color with an average creamy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing.

S- Moderate to heavy roasted malt, chocolate, smoke and woody aroma.

T - Medium to heavy smoke bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.

M - Medium to full body with a creamy texture and flat carbonation.

D - This is a standout beer and one of the my top rated beers for the Rauch style.

tmoneyba, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of Viggo
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle, thanks Cyrl!

Pours a cloudy and opaque dark brown/black, thick tan head forms, drops some nice lacing, settles to a thick ring, great retention, looks real nice. Smell is awesome, very smokey, some caramel and biscuity malts, chocolate, roast, iron, very malty, light bit of spicy alcohol, perfect smokiness. Taste is similar, but also real nice, lots of smoke, caramel, roast, toasty malt, light fruit, raisins, some iron, real beef jerky smokiness, very clean flavour, really nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, buttery smooth. Great smoked beer, perfect amount and very drinkable. A real treat. Thanks Carl!

Viggo, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of supercolter
2.98/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is good. Dark and smokey looking, with a decent head of tan bubbles. Smell is very smokey with a bit of dry malt and no really noticable hops. Taste is bacon grease... that is the only thing I can describe it as. Mouthfeel is pretty decent, low carbonation and medium in body. Drinkability is ok.

supercolter, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I also have difficulty categorizing this beer. The label says it's a Smoked Double Lager, and calls it a Schwarzbier, but I have to agree with the previous reviewer and say that it is a Rauchbier. It's a dark brown color with beautiful red highlights. A thick tan head that left a bit of lacing. Once you catch a whiff, there's no doubt it's a Rauchbier. Very strong, but pleasant, smoke aroma. The smoke is less noticeable in the taste, where the malt predominates. Just an incredibly smooth beer, one that I want to get more of.

lordofthewiens, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of sideshowrob
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, I had trouble defining the style of this beer. It's absolutely a smoked lager. A smoked double lager, in fact. But that's not a category, so I went with Rauchbier. Sue me.

I had this one on-tap at the brewery during a tour/tasting. They were selling a very limited number of bottles, of which one I acquired. No mention of an actual bottling run with distribution, but let's hope.

It poured a delicious looked black color in the glass, surrounded with a nice tan head. The smoke flavor lept up out of the glass and straight into your nose. No mistaking it. The taste was a lot maltier, with an almost hickory flavor domminating. Mouthfeel was also very good, 3 of my samples of beer were spent on this one. It was very drinkable for a strong smoked lager, if you're into that sort of thing.

From the label (for posterity)

"Second only to David Hasselhoff in the hearts of Germans, the Schwartz style was originaly brewed in the Eastern German state of Thuringia. Our brewers took this obscure black lager and sexed it up a little hoff-style by brewing a robust smoked double-schwartz."

sideshowrob, Jan 07, 2009
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Dog Schwarz from Flying Dog Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.